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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included. Agenda Unit 1 How the Internet is Changing How We Learn The Top 10 reasons cognitive information is delivered better by the Internet Learning online Learning in-person; what you cannot do on the Internet How young people learn differently online The Brain and Learning online Unit 2 Building Your Online Course The Ten Step Model How knowledge is organized online Building online content Creating audio and video presentations Development time and cost Unit 3 Teaching Your Online Course Facilitating online discussions Creating a safe online learning environment Responding to student questions and needs How much time you should spend online Evaluating your online course Unit 4 Creating Assessment and Measuring Online Learning Designing online assessment Multiple assessments Assessment as a learning tool Grading in the 21st century Best Practices in Online Teaching

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00

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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included. Agenda Unit 1 How the Internet is Changing How We Learn The Top 10 reasons cognitive information is delivered better by the Internet Learning online Learning in-person; what you cannot do on the Internet How young people learn differently online The Brain and Learning online Unit 2 Building Your Online Course The Ten Step Model How knowledge is organized online Building online content Creating audio and video presentations Development time and cost Unit 3 Teaching Your Online Course Facilitating online discussions Creating a safe online learning environment Responding to student questions and needs How much time you should spend online Evaluating your online course Unit 4 Creating Assessment and Measuring Online Learning Designing online assessment Multiple assessments Assessment as a learning tool Grading in the 21st century Best Practices in Online Teaching

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gesture language used primarily among the American deaf communities. Using the immersion method, all teaching is done exclusively in ASL. You will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar by using ASL receptive and expressive skills in class. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed to join!  

Start date: 06/06/17

End date: 07/25/17

Tuition: $99.00



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This class is a continuation of the first American Sign Language course introducing more vocabulary and moving along with sentence structure.  The first session or two will be a refresher of content learned previously then adding new content from that point expanding your American Sign Language abilities.

Start date: 03/25/17

End date: 05/20/17

Tuition: $99.00



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves. Agenda Unit 1 Skill and values identification Envisioning an “ideal career” Networking and research skills Basics of Job Search strategies Unit 2 Developing the Master Resume Understanding the resume & cover letter Selecting the right approach for networking Understanding informational interviews Unit 3 Draft #1 resume & cover letter Identifying professionals for an interview Social Network profile Unit 4 Final resume & cover letter Interviews & reports Wrap-up & resources

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves. Agenda Unit 1 Skill and values identification Envisioning an “ideal career” Networking and research skills Basics of Job Search strategies Unit 2 Developing the Master Resume Understanding the resume & cover letter Selecting the right approach for networking Understanding informational interviews Unit 3 Draft #1 resume & cover letter Identifying professionals for an interview Social Network profile Unit 4 Final resume & cover letter Interviews & reports Wrap-up & resources

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Be introduced to the healing power of Iowa's weeds. Learn to identify various plants historically used by our ancestors for healing and magic. You will have the opportunity to use various herbs to make a tincture to take home.

Start date: 05/17/17

End date: 05/17/17

Tuition: $49.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 04/25/17

End date: 04/25/17

Tuition: $35.00



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Be introduced to the basics of apologetics through a discussion of the thought processes and argumentative techniques of C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity. Gain a basic understanding of apologetic processes and techniques that can be applied universally across cultures.

Start date: 07/12/17

End date: 07/12/17

Tuition: $29.00



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Everyone is intuitive. But some people are more intuitive than others. The good news, it's something you can develop and improve. In this class, you will identify, regain and strengthen your intuition. We'll discuss what it means to be an empath (a person who is affected by other people's energies) and the different types of psychic abilities, along with energetic protection and meditation. You'll practice energy exercises that will improve your intuition, or at least help you understand your abilities.  

Start date: 03/08/17

End date: 03/08/17

Tuition: $29.00



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to the Negotiation -Your natural bargaining style and how you can strengthen it -Understanding winning - the hallmarks of a successful negotiation -The steps to planning a successful bargaining process -Knowing your power sources -Balancing firmness and flexibility Unit 2 Option Building and Boundary Setting -Creating goals and priorities in the deal -Creating bargaining boundaries -How to build your options -How to create better options for your opponent, without giving away what you value Unit 3 Managing the Negotiating Process -Managing the process -Managing yourself -Managing the other side -Managing relationships -Managing communication Unit 4 Black Belt Skills -Planning to give more and get more -Developing a BATNA, knowing when to employ it -Crafting the agreements and commitments -Diverting tricky tactics and attempts at dirty dealing

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to the Negotiation -Your natural bargaining style and how you can strengthen it -Understanding winning - the hallmarks of a successful negotiation -The steps to planning a successful bargaining process -Knowing your power sources -Balancing firmness and flexibility Unit 2 Option Building and Boundary Setting -Creating goals and priorities in the deal -Creating bargaining boundaries -How to build your options -How to create better options for your opponent, without giving away what you value Unit 3 Managing the Negotiating Process -Managing the process -Managing yourself -Managing the other side -Managing relationships -Managing communication Unit 4 Black Belt Skills -Planning to give more and get more -Developing a BATNA, knowing when to employ it -Crafting the agreements and commitments -Diverting tricky tactics and attempts at dirty dealing

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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